|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Insidious Dr. Fu-Manchu by Sax Rohmer:
"Poor Cadby, the most promising lad at the Yard," he said;
and his usually gruff voice had softened strangely.
Smith struck his right fist into the palm of his left hand and swore
under his breath, striding up and down the neat little room.
No one spoke for a moment, and in the silence I could hear the whispering
of the Thames outside--of the Thames which had so many strange secrets
to tell, and now was burdened with another.
The body lay prone upon the deal table--this latest of the river's dead--
dressed in rough sailor garb, and, to all outward seeming, a seaman of
nondescript nationality--such as is no stranger in Wapping and Shadwell.
His dark, curly hair clung clammily about the brown forehead;
The Insidious Dr. Fu-Manchu
|The fourth excerpt represents the element of Earth. It speaks of physical influences and the impact of the unseen on the visible world, and is drawn from The Lesson of the Master by Henry James:
confession and had made it, in his misery, to the first comer; for
though Miss Fancourt was charming what was she after all but an
immature girl encountered at a country-house? Yet precisely this
was part of the sentiment he himself had just expressed: he would
make way completely for the poor peccable great man not because he
didn't read him clear, but altogether because he did. His
consideration was half composed of tenderness for superficialities
which he was sure their perpetrator judged privately, judged more
ferociously than any one, and which represented some tragic
intellectual secret. He would have his reasons for his psychology
e fleur de peau, and these reasons could only be cruel ones, such